Category Archives: Web development

Drupal.org, Design Iterations, and Designing in the open

“It\'s been a good while since I announced we\'re working on the redesign of Drupal.org. Two months, a couple of presentations, and seven iterations of the prototype later, a glimmer is at the end of the tunnel.

On thing is for sure, in this instance, Design by Community works.

I said, when we embarked on the process of designing this site, that Design by Community is the only way we could approach it. Since those initial thoughts, Leisa and I have continued to push a process that many thought would fall flat on its face. I\'m not sure if this would be specific to the Drupal community, but they couldn\'t have been more wrong. This process is working, and really well.”

The Cure for Content-Delay Syndrome

“In the vast majority of website projects that I have managed during my ten years in the industry, content is often the last thing to be considered (and almost always the last thing to be delivered). We\'ll spend hours, weeks, even months, doing user scenarios, site maps, wireframes, designs, schemas, and specifications—but content? It\'s a disrespected line item in a schedule: ‘final content delivered.’ It\'s the perennial cause of delay and the stuff of myth (I once shelved a project for three years while the client ‘wrote’ his content.) It\'s a malaise that needs fixing and needs fixing fast.”

“No Dashes Or Spaces” Hall of Shame

“Though I have a tolerably good handle on e-commerce software, I’ve not written much of it myself. In this respect, I’m not one to know what’s going on under the hood at any given site: maybe there is a reason why something works the odd way it does. But I’ve observed one technique that has been nearly universal: the practice of refusing to allow spaces or dashes in credit card number entry fields…

Credit card numbers are always printed and read aloud in groups of (usually) four digits, and when verifying a number after entry (which involves looking back and forth between the card and the web form) one uses the spacing to resynchronize. If there were some security or integrity reason for disallowing these characters, I guess I’d buy it, but I’ve not found a single good reason for it. The consensus among those that I’ve spoken to is that it’s nothing but lazy, sloppy programming. I completely agree.”

Top 12 CSS Frameworks and How to Understand Them | Speckyboy – WordPress and Design

“Most designers would have heard of the term ‘CSS Frameworks\', for those who don\'t know or aren\'t sure, here is a brief description from: Wikipedia:

A CSS framework is a library that is meant to allow for easier, more standards-compliant styling of a webpage using the Cascading Style Sheets language. Just like programming and scripting language libraries, CSS frameworks package a number of ready-made options for designing and outlaying a webpage.

Sounds great doesn\'t it, something that is going to make designing and developing a website that little bit easier. It will take away the repeating of the same old boring stuff and if you write your framework correctly you will be guaranteed your code will meet W3C recommendations. That will leave you plenty of time to design your site, the fun side of the job!”

Building a .com in 24 hours

“This is about how I spend 24 concentrated hours spread out over 4 days during Holidays to build the online service Wigitize.com. It is part of my ongoing learning process on how to run a successful web startup.

Even though I\'m a super pimple-faced code-geek, I strive to be a creative entrepreneur who can utilize modern day tools and navigate the chaos to build cool stuff. What I tried to do for this project is use some new methods/tools out there to solve practical problems in my weakness area: design, frontend coding, system administration and SEO.

Purpose of this article is to show my thought process on the multidisciplinary aspects of this project. Also to invoke the discussion on how these things could be done much better (correct me!) and hopefully also to educate other entrepreneurial minded hackers.”

Happy birthday, Smashing Magazine!

Congrats to the fine folks at Smashing — it seems like it’s been much longer than a year since the magazine launched, considering all the comprehensive roundups they’ve published. Anyway, your humble xBlog editor is happy to be participating in the anniversary festivities so be sure to check out Smashing every day this week.

Turn on the music, break out the champaign, get out the balloons and whistles, but — more importantly — keep track on what will be happening this week on Smashing Magazine.

World\'s leading designers, developers and graphic designers will be celebrating with us. We\'ll also have some giveaways for each and every one of you.

Be prepared. This week we\'re going to smash you big time. Really.

UPDATES:
7 Sep: Smashing Freefont and WordPress Theme (free downloads for all)
7 Sep: 170+ Expert Ideas From World’s Leading Developers (part two of the piece I contributed to)
6 Sep: 1st Anniversary Giveaway (48 free software packages, licenses, accounts and credit giveaways)
5 Sep: 50 Designers x 6 Questions (part one of the piece I contributed to)
4 Sep: 40+ Books For Professional Design & Development (free book giveaway)
3 Sep: Get Out The Balloons: Smashing’s 1st Anniversary (celebration announcement)

Blueprint

“Blueprint is a CSS framework, which aims to cut down on your CSS development time. It gives you a solid CSS foundation to build your project on top of, with an easy-to-use grid, sensible typography, and even a stylesheet for printing.”